Alcoholism is a Disease

So much controversy about this topic. I am sure that in my personal journey, I inherited this disease.

I had an opportunity of choice at one point to quit and I took it. I was young, 35 years old, but I knew I was done.

Call it dumb luck whatever, but I was just to tired of living in fear and confusion and I realized I had a choice.

Choice is what it is all about. We are not amoebas. As humans, we have the power of choice.

I don’t believe in beating people up for whatever they choose. We are all so different and this is why AA is not for every one.  Some times getting a new addiction or continuing to drink may be your path or controlled drinking or getting sober on our own without support …whatevah..

Theory is: If we were angels we would have to do the will of God, but since we are down here in this mess of a world we get to choose.

This goes for any addiction we may have…

Just sayin’

The AMA believes it is important for professionals and laymen alike to recognize that alcoholism is in and of itself a disabling and handicapping condition. The AMA endorses the proposition that drug dependencies, including alcoholism, are diseases and that treatment is a legitimate part of medical practice, and  encourages physicians, other health professionals, medical and other health related organizations, and government and other policymakers to become more well informed about drug dependencies, and to base their policies and activities on the recognition that drug dependencies and alcoholism are, in fact, diseases.

How much is “too much”? 

Drinking becomes too much when it causes or elevates the risk for alcohol-related problems or complicates the management of other health problems. According to epidemiologic research, men who drink more than 4 standard drinks in a day (or more than 14 per week) and women who drink more than 3 in a day (or more than 7 per week) are at increased risk for alcohol-related problems.

Individual responses to alcohol vary, however. Drinking at lower levels may be problematic depending on many factors, such as age, coexisting conditions, and use of medication. Because it isn’t known whether any amount of alcohol is safe during pregnancy, the Surgeon General urges abstinence for women who are or may become pregnant.

The CAGE questionnaire, named for its four questions, is one such example that may be used to screen patients quickly in a doctor’s office.

Two “yes” responses indicate that the respondent should be investigated further. The questionnaire asks the following questions:

  1. Have you ever felt you needed to cut down on your drinking?
  2. Have people annoyed you by criticizing your drinking?
  3. Have you ever felt guilty about drinking?
  4. Have you ever felt you needed a drink first thing in the morning  to steady your nerves or to get rid of a hangover
Tests are sometimes used for the detection of alcohol dependence, such as the Alcohol Dependence Data Questionnaire, which is a more sensitive diagnostic test than the CAGE questionnaire. It helps distinguish a diagnosis of alcohol dependence from one of heavy alcohol use. The Michigan Alcohol Screening Test (MAST) is a screening tool for alcoholism widely used by courts to determine the appropriate sentencing for people convicted of alcohol-related offenses,driving under the influence being the most common. The Alcohol Use Disorders Identification Test (AUDIT), a screening questionnaire developed by the World Health Organization, is unique in that it has been validated in six countries and is used internationally. Like the CAGE questionnaire, it uses a simple set of questions – a high score earning a deeper investigation.The Paddington Alcohol Test (PAT) was designed to screen for alcohol related problems amongst those attending Accident and Emergency departments.

Not Afraid

Eminem 2010

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